Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Books on Tape

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Books on Tape

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"MALICE"

A novel by Danielle Steel (6 hours, abridged, BDD Audio, $24.95)

Grace Adams is a victim, and when she fights back and kills the person attacking her, she becomes a victim again. At 17, in her shame and in an effort to shelter people who don't deserve her protection, she refuses to relate what has been happening to her for years.

When she finally does tell her story, almost no one believes her. So she is tried, convicted of murder and sent to prison, where her potential for becoming a victim once more is almost certain.

Still, she survives and emerges from confinement a little wiser and a lot stronger. At 20, she is tall, slim and beautiful. She has no work experience, but she knows that in a large office she can achieve a new identity and some anonymity.

Eventually, she lands a job in Chicago and quickly gets her act together. Instead of being bitter about the hand that life has dealt her, she feels fortunate in having her freedom and the friendship of a few individuals. In an effort to repay kindnesses, she becomes a volunteer in a church organization that helps abused woman and children.

It is assisting these women and children that becomes her passion. So when she moves from Chicago to New York, she finds a similar organization to the one in Chicago in which she can be useful.

It is in New York that she meets Charles Mackenzie, a senior partner in the law firm where she is employed. Unlike many of the other men in her life, he wants to give her what she needs to heal old wounds - a family, security and love.

Malice enters the picture when Mackenzie runs for the U.S. Senate many years later and the tabloid press uncovers Grace's past. Then, when tabloid television gets involved, too, it's like seeing jackals charging in to take a chunk out of a downed doe.

In effectively pulling back the lid on the ugly reality of domestic violence, the author has created a scenario in which she sees the good in a person's surviving even under the most punishing of circumstances.

As the narrator, Jason Culp is effective.

BDD Audios can be found in bookstores or ordered by calling (800) 223-6834, ext. 9479.

*****

"THE OATH"

A novel by Elie Wiesel (10 1/2 hours, unabridged, Blackstone Audio Books, $12. …

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